- (sixteenth_time) wrote in little_details,

Comedians in Strip Clubs (history of).

Hi all. I used to use this site ages ago, and had a question I can't answer so thought I'd come back here.

My story is set in Vancouver in the late 1980's, early 1990's, though I'm not too specific on the date yet, and I am altering history a little so the details don't have to be 100% accurate, because I am working on the premise that stand-up comedy didn't take off as much as it did.

I have seen mentioned in passing that some comedians worked stand-up in strip clubs back in the 1970's/80's. I have seen this on a couple of different sites but I'm not sure how accurate that information is.

What I was trying to find out, is:

Is this the case? Was it common/did it ever happen for a comedian to work stand up in a strip club?
If so, would this be on a different night to the strip shows/would it be on the same night at the end, beginning, or in between performances?
Would this likely be a 'gentleman's club' type place, or a more seedy type place or could it be either?
Would they likely be badly received or would this be a popular thing?

It doesn't necessarily have to have happened in Vancouver at this time, as long as it happened somewhere in Canada or the US I guess.

And really, any other information on this topic. I'd love maybe the names of some places that this happened in, just for research purposes.

Hell if you were in a strip club in this time period in Vancouver, some information on that would be helpful, just any interesting details.

I cannot find *any* information on this, which is making me think it didn't actually ever happen, but then I know my google-flu is weak. I've searched 'comedians in strip clubs', 'history of stand up', '"stand up comedy" "strip clubs"', and other similar searches but I really can't seem to get anything more than comedy club information, basic information on stand-up comedy and strip clubs separately and the odd dodgy website. So if you can offer other search terms that would also be helpful!

Thank you in advance for any information you can offer.
Tags: canada (misc), ~strip clubs

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